Help my lower school child with remote learning

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Remote Learning Weekly Activities

Remote Learning Planning Document

An email will be sent from administration weekly with a link to each grade level's remote learning documents. These documents will contain everything your child will need for the week (Morning greeting links, synchronous video, worksheets, etc.)

PLEASE NOTE: Teachers will be working on the document throughout the week and possibly the weekend. Please have your child check back daily

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Students can access these documents by completing the following steps:

  1. Open an Internet Browser window (Google Chrome, Safari, etc.)
  2. Type the Tinyurl at the top of the remote learning document and press return

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It is recommended that students complete the following:

  1. Attend Morning Meetings for their Homebase class
  2. Complete the assignments provided for each day
  3. Attend their bi-weekly check-in with their teacher

Morning Meetings

Our homebase teachers will be hosting Zoom Morning Meetings on "Mondays and Fridays of each week at 8:30 am". On Wednesdays, other members of our faculty and administration will host Zoom Morning Meetings for each of the classes. All of the links to the Zoom meetings (along with Meeting IDs and passwords) will be included in the remote learning plans for each grade level that will be shared with families. Students can access these meetings from their devices by clicking the links provided in the remote learning document.

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Norms & Suggestions

See this document with information on Supporting Norms for Synchronous Morning Meetings

Bi-weekly Check-ins

Each student will have two check-ins per week with a homebase teacher. We think this personal connection will be increasingly important as our time away from school progresses.

  1. Homebase Teachers will be sending out an email to families to sign up for check-ins through Calendly.
  2. Parents will sign up for a bi-weekly check in (Monday/Wednesday combo or Tuesday/Thursday)
  3. Parents will receive an email confirmations.
  4. Students can use the Meeting ID from the Calendly confirmation email to connect with their Homebase teacher.

Access LS digital learning platforms

Before continuing, please familiarize yourself with our Usage Guidelines and for Lexia Core 5 / Dreambox

Early Learning

On an iPad

Before trying to access any apps,

  1. Install the following via the App Store:
  2. Print out or save your Clever Badge

Every time your child needs to access Lexia or Dreambox, please do the following:

  1. Open the Clever app and sign in using your Clever Badge
    1. Hold up your Badge to the camera
    2. You also can scan the Badge by holding your phone - with the Badge open - up to the camera
  2. Once signed in, click the desired app icon (Dreambox or Lexia)
  3. You will be prompted to open the desired app
  4. The desired app will open already signed into your child’s account

On a Chromebook/Computer

  1. Via the web browser of your choice, navigate to www.clever.com
  2. Click “Log in as a student” at the top right
  3. Click “Clever Badge log in”
  4. Once in Clever, click the desired app icon to launch an app.

Upper Learning

On a Chromebook/Computer

myRiverdale
  1. Via the web browser of your choice (we recommend Google Chrome), navigate to the myRiverdale page.
  2. Sign in using RCS Username and Password.
Plugin Install

We recommend using Google Chrome as your browser in order to access myRiverdale. The plug-in helps the applications run smoothly, and should be installed.

  1. Click on OktaInstallPlugin.png
  2. After starting the installation, follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. When the installation is complete you will need to restart the browser.
    • If you use more than one browser, you will need to install the plug-in in each browser.

Note: Each web browser has its own slightly different method of installing the plug-in

Lexia and Dreambox
  1. Once signed in to myRiverdale, click the desired app icon (Dreambox or Lexia)
  2. Click Log in with Google to sign in using your child's Riverdale email address and email password.
  3. You may be prompted to either select your Google account or enter in your email credentials.
  4. Please select or enter in your child's Riverdale email account.
Pearson Easybridge
  1. Once signed in to myRiverdale, click the Pearson Easybridge icon.
  2. You may be directed to either select your Google account or enter in your email credentials to sign in.
  3. Please select or enter in your child's Riverdale email account to continue.

On an iPad

Lexia and Dreambox

Before trying to access any apps,

  1. Install the following via the App Store:

Every time your child needs to access Lexia or Dreambox, please do the following:

  1. Open the Clever app and sign in using Google
  2. Once signed in, click the desired app icon (Dreambox or Lexia)
  3. You will be prompted to open the desired app
  4. The desired app will open already signed into your child’s account
Pearson Easybridge

Before trying to access Pearson,

  1. Install the following via the App Store:
  2. Open the Okta Mobile app
    1. On first launch you will be asked for the Site Name, Username, and Password
      • Site Name: riverdale.okta.com
      • Username: RCS Username (do not include @riverdale.edu)
      • Password: RCS Email Password
    2. You will also be asked to set up a pin. This 4-Digit pin is used to access the Okta Mobile app without needing to sign in every time. Create a 4-Digit pin that you will remember (we do not have access to this pin).

Every time your child needs to access Pearson, please do the following:

  1. Open Okta Mobile App
  2. You can access Pearson by clicking the Pearson Easybridge icon
  3. You may be directed to either select your Google account or enter in your email credentials to sign in. Please select or enter in your child's Riverdale email account to continue.

General Web-based Resources

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.

Online Games and Activities

ABCya (Pre-K-Grade 5)

ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades Pre-K through 6. Our activites are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun… ABCya is used by over 100 million kids each year, in countless classrooms and homes around the world. Our activities are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. We even have games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play! With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles. No logins are required to play.

IXL (Pre-K-Grade 5)

IXL offers a delightful experience, full of vibrant visuals, interactive questions, and exciting prizes. Learning becomes an adventure where students build the confidence to explore new concepts and rise to any challenge. With IXL, your children will learn at their own pace—IXL's adaptive questions automatically adjust to just the right level of difficulty. A wide variety of question types keeps practice sessions fresh and enables all types of learners to reach their full potential. No logins are required to play.

(NEW) Common questions about Lower School technology needs

We've gotten a lot of questions from lower school parents eager to make sure their students are setup for success and we really appreciate the thoughtfulness everyone is showing in preparing.


How do we login to my child’s Chromebook?

Your 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students should login to their Chromebook using their RCS credentials (username and passphrase). Passphrases were distributed via an email from Dr. Jonathan King on Friday, March 28th. Please refer back to that email for credentials.

**Please note that only RCS Accounts can login to RCS Chromebooks and PK-2nd grade students do not have RCS Accounts

How do we access the Remote Learning Plan document on my child’s device?

Students can access the Remote Learning Planning (RLP) documents by completing the following steps:

  1. Open an Internet browser window (Google Chrome, Safari, etc.)
  2. Type the 'Tinyurl' at the top of the remote learning document and press return.
    • They will look something like this https://tinyurl.com/RCSg4 (this one won't work!)
  3. We suggest you bookmark the RLP for easier access throughout the week. There will be a new RLP document each week.

How do we play the videos in the Remote Learning Plan document on my child's device?

You should be able to watch the videos in the RLP. How you do so depends on what device you are using:

  • A device managed by RCS: click the video link in the RLP and it will play correctly.
  • A Chromebook you manage: click the video link in the RLP and it should play correctly.
  • An iPad you manage: Most newer iPads should have no problem playing the video in Safari. We have noticed that some older iPads won't be able to play the videos in Safari. If you encounter that issue, please install Chrome on the iPad. We understand that your Screen Time settings may block installation of Chrome; in that case you'll need to consider modifying those restrictions.

How do we get the Lexia Core 5, Dreambox and Clever credentials for my child?

We are in the process of streamlining how you access all of these programs. We will be communicating with families in the coming days on how to login. Please note these programs are supplementary resources and are meant to be optional for 1st - 5th grade students. We will update this entry when new information is available.

Is our RCS device setup to do Zoom meetings?

All RCS distributed Chromebooks and iPads have the zoom app pre-installed. You can locate the Zoom application on the iPad home screen. This article provides step by step instructions on how to join a zoom meeting from your child’s chromebook.

How does my child use Zoom on a device we own?

You can download the Zoom application from the Zoom downloads page. If you are using a personal Chromebook, we recommend you login to the Chromebook using your child’s RCS credentials to ensure you have all the appropriate services available. You may be restricted on what is available to you using a personal account for a child under 13. If you install your own management system or parental controls, please make sure you are familiar with how it works to ensure it won’t conflict with the needs of your child. Children, however, will NOT need to login to Zoom directly to access their morning meetings or one on one check-in's.

How do we use Zoom on my child’s device when we can’t email the link to my child?

We have a "walled garden" email system for the Lower School to facilitate teaching students proper emailing techniques in a safe environment. This means you cannot email your child's RCS Account, and they cannot email you.

In most cases, the Zoom links are in the Remote Learning Plan Document that the student can open on their device. If you have a Zoom that isn’t linked on the RLP, we suggest you open the Zoom application on their device, then enter the Meeting ID followed by the Meeting Password (if required). We recommend that parents are accessible if their child needs assistance.

How do we access my child’s RCS Account on a device we own?

Your 3rd, 4th and 5th grade child can access their RCS Account by opening an Internet browser and going to https://my.riverdale.edu. For more information on what resources they have available on their Riverdale page, read our how do I article on accessing digital learning platforms.

How do I access myRiverdale on an iPad?

Please install the Okta Mobile app to access myRiverdale applications. On first launch you will be asked for the Site Name, Username, and Password. See below for details.

  • Site Name: riverdale.okta.com
  • Username: RCS Username (do not include @riverdale.edu)
  • Password: RCS Email Passphrase

You will also be asked to set up a pin. This 4-Digit pin is used to access the Okta Mobile app without needing to sign in every time. Create a 4-Digit pin that you will remember (we do not have access to this pin).

How do we get more help?

There are several ways that you can get in touch with us if you or your student(s) are having problems accessing their lessons or our digital tools:

In both cases, your request will go into our support queue and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.